Swaps for Sustainability

According to the EPA, the average commercial building wastes 30 percent of the energy it consumes. There’s a great opportunity for facility managers to make small changes over time, which can add up to a more sustainable building in the long term. Check out the swaps below that you can start implementing as soon as today.

Clean More Efficiently

With these products, you can get the most out of your cleaning regimen without creating unwanted environmental impact.

Dispensed Products

There’s no arguing that ready-to-use chemicals are a convenient cleaning tool, but dispensed products are better for the environment. Systems that dispense chemicals safely and accurately ensure you get more cleaner out of a single bottle, meaning less waste from packaging materials and trash.

Biorenewable Chemicals

Making the switch to biorenewable chemicals can also make a big impact on your facility’s footprint. These bio-based products are less harmful to produce thanks to biological and renewable materials. That benefit carries into their disposal, as they biodegrade into natural components over time.

Create Less Waste

These simple changes can go a long way toward reducing the amount of waste your facility creates.

Microfiber Cloths

Disposable paper wipes can quickly pile up and leave a large amount of waste. Switch to reusable microfiber cloths for general cleaning purposes. Not only are they better for the environment, but they’re more efficient at cleaning, too. Microfibers trap dirt in their small, wedge-shaped strands, meaning the dirt is captured rather than simply pushed around on the surface.

Dual-Flush Toilets

You may not be aware of how much water waste your facility generates, but switching to a dual-flush toilet will always be a net gain. They conserve water by featuring two flush options, one for liquid waste and the other for solid.

Use Less Energy

Your facility can benefit from replacing energy-hungry appliances, both large and small.

LED Recessed Can Lighting

Every facility needs lights, so make the swap to the most energy efficient bulbs. Start with retrofitting your existing can lighting to incorporate LEDs. These bulbs carry many benefits, and can save you hundreds to thousands of dollars in energy bills each year.

Energy Star Appliances

When shopping for appliances, be on the lookout for the Energy Star label. Appliances that have earned the Energy Star classification are EPA-certified to save you money and protect the environment without sacrificing quality. Whether you’re looking for a refrigerator, dishwasher or anything in between, there’s an energy-efficient model for you.

Improve Air Quality

Indoor odors are a form of air pollution that can be dealt with in a sustainable manner.

Commercial Vacuums

A vacuum cleaner can be your greatest ally in your fight to improve air quality. When odors and bacteria become deeply lodged in carpets and other surfaces, upgrading to a commercial vacuum can make a noticeable difference every day. Equipped with a motor and high-efficiency filter, some models trap up to 99.6% of particles at 0.3 microns to make breathing easier.

Infused Odor Control

Many men’s restrooms are equipped with dispensed odor controllers which occasionally fail to get the job done. Fragrance-infused screens for urinals are not only highly effective at eliminating odors, but they comply with VOC (volatile organic compound) regulations to maintain indoor air quality. They consume the mal-odors rather than masking them.

Sources:

https://www.energystar.gov/buildings/facility-owners-and-managers/existing-buildings/save-energy

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